Know Your Ingredients: Menthoxypropanediol

by Gio


What it is
Menthoxypropanediol is a synthetic derivative of menthol.

What it does
Menthoxypropanediol is often used in lip plumpers. It works by irritating lips causing them to swell.
In addition, it is used as a fragrance to mask the smell of other ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

Side effects
Menthoxypropanediol is twice as stong as Menthol and is therefore twice as irritating.


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Vonvon August 15, 2009 - 6:45 pm

This is interesting to know as I have always wondered what is inside those lip-plumping glosses that give me the tingling sensation.
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celeste August 16, 2009 - 12:00 pm

oooh, interesting 😀
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beautifulwithbrains August 16, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Vonvon: I’m glad you find it useful. Menthol and camphor are used in lip plumpers too and work the same as Menthoxypropanediol, but are less irritating. I wrote a post about how lip plumpers work, you can find it here if you’re interested:

Celeste: I am glad you find the post interesting 🙂

babysaffron August 17, 2009 - 8:53 am

Its very interesting and educating at the same time….Thanks.

beautifulwithbrains August 17, 2009 - 10:38 am

You’re welcome babysaffron.

Kajal Couture August 18, 2009 - 5:41 am

Interesting….I like learning about all the junk we put on our faces. =)
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beautifulwithbrains August 19, 2009 - 2:31 pm

I’m glad you enjoy these posts and find them helpful, Kajal Couture 🙂


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